Overtime issues at the California Employment Development Department are costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
Between 2012 and 2013, overtime pay went up sometimes as much as ten times, topping out at over $3 million in overtime being paid in each of the last three months of 2013.
The EDD's Loree Levy, speaking to News10, says its a staffing issue.
"Demand for unemployment benefits remains twice what it was before the recession but we have lost 1,300 staff in the unemployment program since 2012.
But Levy's claims are disputed by Jon Coupal, of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, who told News10 something else.
"EDD is the poster child of poorly run bureaucracies in the state of California," he said.
Levy also says the department's struggles with a new computer system and catching up on the backlog of claims also led to the jump in overtime hours.